Sunanda Pushkar case: Shashi Tharoor has been charged with abetment

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police filed a chargesheet in the Sunanda Pushkar death case on Monday. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has been charged with abetment of suicide in the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014.

 

Ms Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a five-star hotel in south Delhi on January 17, 2014, days after she publicly accused her husband of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist.

According to the report of NDTV, the former union minister was questioned by the police on the circumstances in which Ms Pushkar left him at the Delhi airport and checked into the hotel two days before her death. The couple had allegedly had a disagreement on a flight from Kerala to Delhi.

Police first claimed Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was poisoned, and registered a murder case in January 2015, without naming any suspect.

According to the report of news18, The charge sheet concluded that Pushkar killed herself and hence no one has been charged with murder. The chargesheet was filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. Tharoor is mentioned in the second column as a suspect.

The chargesheet mentions marital discord as the cause of suicide and says that one party led the other to commit suicide. The Delhi Police chargesheet mentions Tharoor’s name in column 2 because they claim they do not have enough evidence to charge the Thiruvananthapuram MP as an accused.

The court is likely to take cognisance of the chargesheet on May 24, where the Delhi Police would press for summoning Tharoor. The public prosecutor said that as per legal procedure Tharoor can only be summoned by the court as he is a suspect in the case.

The initial post mortem said her death was due to poisoning. While traces of Alzolam was found in her body and a strip of the sleeping pills found in her room, the actual poison couldn't be confirmed.

Sunanda's autopsy was done at AIIMS by a board of doctors headed by Dr Sudhir Gupta, who in his report had said that she had 15 injury marks on her body, most of which did not contribute to death. But there were two injury marks — an injection mark and some bite marks. The autopsy report also said that there was presence of excess amount of alprazolam drug in her stomach. A report says.

A year after Sunanda's death, a formal police probe began. Soon the viscera samples were sent to FBI labs to determine the poison. The FBI report mentioned that Aprazolam and Hydroxy Chloroquine were detected in the samples, but it also said on radio-chemistry examination of viscera samples received that levels of possible contamination were found less than the values specified in IATA.

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